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Beyond Panic Attacks: Unveiling 9 Unique Anxiety Types

By Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA

Discover if you have Nervous System Anxiety, Gut Anxiety, or Anger Anxiety, and learn targeted strategies for lasting relief.

Anxiety can be a complex puzzle. While panic attacks are a well-known symptom, many experience anxiety in more subtle ways. Dr. Nicole Cain breaks down nine distinct types of anxiety, each with its unique presentation. Learn how your anxiety might show up in your nervous system, gut, or even your emotions, and discover targeted strategies to put your body, mind, and nervous system back into a calm, balanced, and centered state.

There are 9 types of anxiety, here are some of the other types

Dr. Nicole: I will emphasize brevity going forward with these. It was just so fun to get to share with you about the immune system anxiety. Right? So other types of anxiety actually I have a quiz. It’s free. And so if you have a hankerin you can go to my website. I hope that’s okay. I share that Megan.

Megan: Yes. And you can even put the link in the chat there.

Dr. Nicole: Yeah I’ve thrown the link. And so there are nine types of anxiety.

Now you’ll see that the quiz is eight types. But again it’s because y’all are here trailblazing with me. It’s beautiful.

Nervous System Anxiety: The 9 Types of Anxiety

And so we have nervous system anxiety. Nervous system is anxiety that tends to live more in the nervous system.

And so when you get anxious you might feel it in your muscles. You might get brain zaps, which feels sort of like, uh, electrical currents that are shooting around in the brain. I see this more with medication tapering, like if you’ve been given a benzodiazepine like Xanax or Valium, or if you’re trying to taper off of a medication.

Headaches, especially with stress. Headaches can be a form of nervous system anxiety. I see it go both ways. You can get a headache and then that can cause anxiety, or you can have an anxiety attack that can cause a headache.

And one of the goofy things about headaches is that we can have silent headaches where you might not even feel pain in your head, but that electrical activity may be producing symptoms elsewhere in your body.

And so some people, especially kids, they’ll get silent migraines and then they’ll complain of tummy upset. But like really, if they got the headache under control their tummy would feel better. So that’s nervous system anxiety.

If you ever get anxious and you feel like you lose feeling in your fingers, maybe your nose, that is a really interesting phenomenon where when we are running from the metaphorical tiger, and your body is like, “Oh! Danger! I need to divert blood from my fingertips, I don’t need to feel the fuzziness of the tiger, I want to run from the tiger!”

So it’s going to divert blood from the fingertips and the extremities. You don’t need to feel your nose. You want to run from the tiger. So it’s going to send all that energy to your runaway muscles.

So your legs and your quads, like all of it’s going to be pumping all the resources and energy and glucose and blood and all of that to your heart, your lungs, and you’re going to run away from the tiger.

And so one of the symptoms of autonomic arousal and nervous system anxiety is numbness and tingling. And that can be very scary for people.

They may think, “Oh my goodness, am I having a stroke? Is there something wrong?”

But it’s a really very normal, if you will, physiological process. Knowing if it’s nervous system anxiety is good data because then we can see, how to soothe the nervous system.

And so then you would incorporate into your anti-anxiety protocol is nervous system restoring strategies.

So I’m thinking about magnesium B vitamins, alpha lipoic acid and then trophorestorative herbs.

Back to the herbs. Right. And so trophorestorative means “tropho” or brain and nervous system and “restorative” is the action that the herb is taking on the brain and nervous system.

And so I’m thinking about restoring health to the nervous system with trophorestorative herb like ginkgo biloba, Avena sativa, gotu kola, and also cordyceps mushroom from earlier has trophorestorative activity.

Gut Anxiety: The 9 Types of Anxiety

And then of course we have gut anxiety. And that’s anxiety that shows up in your gut.

When you feel stressed you may get gassy, you get bloated, maybe you get diarrhea. In my book PANIC PROOF I talk about the many reasons panic makes you poop.

And so that’s Gut Anxiety.

And so we want to go back to the gut. We want to work with the gut. We want to heal the gut. We want to restore balance to the gut.

The gut is going to regulate your hormones. The gut’s going to regulate your immune system. The gut’s going to regulate your nervous system.

And so anything that shows up in the gut, maybe you’ve been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, or maybe you were feeling really good and then a doctor gave you an antibiotic, completely wiped out your gut flora.

And you’ve had anxiety since.

Right. So you think about gut health.

Anger Anxiety: The 9 Types of Anxiety

Then we have anger anxiety. And this is really interesting because it’s taking into consideration wisdom from our ancient medicines. And so I talk a lot about Ayurveda on my podcast with Hadley of Happy Healthy Hadley. She’s a Ayurveda expert.

Anger Anxiety: Emphasizing the FIGHT in fight, flight, freeze

We talk about how sometimes when we get anger, we go more into that fight flight freeze. And we see this research coming out of Polyvagal Theory where when we go into anxiety or when we go into autonomic arousal and all those stress hormones and those neurochemicals are being released, some of us get anxious and some of us just feel straight up angry.

And so it depends like, are you more of an anxious type, kind of “I feel restless and worried.” Or are you more mad and irritated and overwhelmed?

Anger Anxiety Can Be Caused by an Imbalance in Pitta

If you are more Anger Anxiety then in your anxiety protocol, we want to balance your dosha, which would be pitta anger. Anxiety is more of that fire, that pitta.

And so we want to focus on things that are cooling pitta. And I know that I’m introducing a fire hose to the face of information. But you’ll have this recording and you can listen to the podcast and then you’ll be like, “oh yeah, we got this!”

So there’s anger anxiety.

End of part 4.

Concluding remarks

In the next part of this series, Dr. Nicole Cain will discuss Depressive Anxiety, and Endocrine Anxiety. She will introduce you to herbal remedies for depression and anxiety relief and you will learn about how your hormones may impact your emotional well being. In particular Dr. Nicole will emphasize thyroid, sex hormones, and adrenal hormones as they relate to anxiety and emotional wellbeing.

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This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Whenever considering changing your protocol whether it includes a change of medications, supplements, diet or lifestyle, always speak with your primary care physician first.

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